Today, I read in the Bible about the one time we witness the anger of Christ. He enters the temple in Jerusalem and observes everything, then leaves for the night. Upon returning the following morning, He overturns tables where people are selling items in the temple courts. While He exposes His anger, He states, “My house will be called a house of prayer for all the nations.” (Mark 11:17b)
I had read this previously. I knew of Christ’s anger. But something new took hold of my heart today. Within the book of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul revealed that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. For reference, hopefully not too complicated, the Holy Spirit is God. He is the third person of the unique trinity that encompasses who God is. In other words, we are just as important as that temple in Jerusalem. When we welcome Him, God lives within us.
That idea attached itself to my mind this morning. I heard Christ’s words echoing in my heart, “my house will be called a house of prayer”. Am I a house of prayer? Really? Sometimes the idea of simply praying seems incomplete, uneventful. When I chat with a friend on the phone and they reveal a struggle in their life which I cannot possibly solve or assist, prayer comes like a fail-safe. I don’t know what else to do, maybe we could pray. It’s like a last resort or even a cop-out. I hear myself say, “I’ll pray for you” and wonder if it’s enough.
If it’s enough? What could be more? When I feel wealthy, I can donate money to some cause and feel valiant in my efforts. When I have extra time, I can lend a hand personally packing items for someone in need or painting a friend’s room. But are those expended energies more vital than placing my trust in the One who knows the answer to all problems and who creates all possibilities.
I long to become a house of prayer. I guess the place to start is seeking Him before I seek something to do in my limited capacity. Sometimes a little prayer is all I can give, but what if I give it first before attempting to give something else.
What are ways you can become a house of prayer? Please share and let’s learn and grow from each other’s wisdom.